This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses. Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later. Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some... Topic: Newsreel.
In this short newsreel, an American female journalist and two others are seen rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine, after their helicopter suffered a mechanical failure and had to be ditched off the coast of South Korea. The date of this incident, and the name of the journalist and submarine, are not known. Topic: Newsreel.
The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The... Topic: Newsreel.
Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship... Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Japanese attacks on Australia, and the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway that turned the tide of the Pacific War. Includes footage of Allied transports headed for Australia, where they will be under command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. An Douglas A-26 bomber is seen making a crash landing after its gear fails to extend. The Australian cities of Port Moresby and Darwin come under Japanese attack from the air. Footage of the Battle of Coral Sea... Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as... Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals... Topic: Newsreel.
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Newsreel.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Footage shows the wrecked seaplane base on Ford Island, the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in its drydock, the battleship USS Utah (BB-13) capsized, and the mighty USS Arizona (BB-39) a twisted mass of smouldering metal. Topic: Newsreel.
Newsreel footage shows the Kriegsmarine pre-dreadnought, Deutschland class battleship Schleswig-Holstein as it bombards Danzig, Poland during the outbreak of WWII in 1939. The Schlewsig-Holstein was credited with the first shots of World War II. Topic: German newsreel.
Produced in 1938, this American newsreel shows the Anschluss -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938. Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure by supporters in both Austria and Germany (by both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's... Topics: Adolph Hitler, WWII, newsreel, Austria
Dating from 1943, this fascinating newsreel features footage of the British 8th Army and American and Free French forces battling in North Africa against Rommel's Afrika Korps, and the Russian victory at Stalingrad. The film begins with the Battle of Mareth, part of an Allied operation under General Bernard Montgomery in Tunisia intended to assault the Mareth Line defenses held by German and Italian forces under General Giovanni Messe. The initial attack, Operation Pugilist ran into... Topics: WWII, newsreel, Stalingrad, Wehrmacht, Erwin Rommel, North Africa, combat
The scuttling of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee is shown, off the coast of Uruguay in December of 1939. Features footage of the Graf Spee's captain Hans Langsdorff, and the aftermath of the Battle of the River Plate. Various British ships from Hunting Group 'G' of the South Atlantic Squadron (HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax, HMS Cumberland and HMS Achilles) are shown along with Beagle Class destroyers such as H30. Topic: WWII propaganda newsreel
Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928.The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the... Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
Created at the outset of WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort. Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of tanks, ships, guns, planes and other war material. Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, and naval exercises. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC... Topics: newsreel, home front, WWII, Jeep, tank, submarine, PT Boat, battleship, military training, draft,...
Created by Castle Films during WWII for the U.S. Government AIR RAID WARNING shows the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens. These individuals were trained in first aid, fire fighting, and gas and chemical warfare as well as plane spotting. During the blackout in the USA, wardens enforced regulations to keep lights out and blinds drawn at all times. The American wardens traced their origins to Britain. During the early stages of World War II, the Air Ministry... Topics: air raid, blackout, WWII, ARP, air raid warden, civil defense, newsreel
Negro Colleges in Wartime was a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information in 1943. Other than in the screen title no reference is made to the students' race.The film begins with a shot of the famous statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee, and notes that progress and industry has a new meaning for the present - winning the Second World War. A brief overview of the war related work at several different black colleges follows, starting with Tuskegee where the famous... Topics: Tuskeegee, Howard University, African American, history, newsreel, propaganda film, WWII, Office of...
This 1944 sound newsreel shows the Allied push towards Rome, Italy and the D-Day Invasion of Europe. It uses footage from both Allied and German sources. Some of the highlights in the Rome section include celebrations in the aftermath of the liberation of the city. The D-Day film includes highlights from several beachheads along with footage of Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery on June 6, 1944.It took four major offensives between January and May 1944 before the line was... Topics: WWII, newsreel, Italian Front, Liberation of Rome, D-Day, June 6 1944, General Mark Clark, Anzio
Produced in 1945, this newsreel shows the invasion of Okinawa by U.S. Marines and the desperate battle that followed. The second half of the film documents the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, which was hit by a kamikaze fifty miles off the coast of Japan and severely damaged. 800 of its complement were killed. The epic battle to save the ship was one of the most courageous moments in the history of the U.S. Navy during WWII.The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was... Topics: newsreel, WWII, Okinawa, Pacific, Japan, United States, U.S. Navy, Ryukus, USS Franklin, kamikaze
Fabulous "camera thrill" highlights from WWII features aerial and naval combat, a desperate battle on a South Pacific island between Japanese forces and assaulting U.S. Marines, paratroops, glider troops, a U-boat attack, gun camera footage of strafing and dog fights, plane crashes, and more. "The motion picture camera has never been closer to the deadly fire of enemy guns than here ..."This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic... Topics: newsreel, U-boat, paratroops, WWII, World War II, combat, gun camera
Depicting events in 1943-44, this newsreel shows the Italian Front with British and American forces running a gauntlet of Nazi and Italian defenses on the way up "the boot", including the landings at Anzio. Once Mussolini was deposed in July of 1943 chaos swept Rome and Italy dropped out of the conflict. German forces continued their opposition. As the newsreel shows, the unrelenting fury of the Allies could not force a substantial German retreat. The surrender of Italian... Topics: WWII, newsreel, Italian Front, Gen. Mark Clark, 5th Army, Salerno, Mussolini, Italian Navy,...
This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte. The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the... Topics: newsreel, WWII, Japan, Philippines, MacArthur, Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Manila, Battle of Leyte,...
This 1945 newsreel shows the final stages of World War II in Europe with American, British, Russian and allied forces descending upon the German heartland. The seizure of Cologne is shown and the capture of the Rhine bridge (the Lundendorff Bridge) at Remagan. The British, Canadian and American armies cross the Rhine (accompanied in this film by Churchill, who made a visit to the front) and the Western Front begins to collapse. Rocket launchers are used in action by the United States.... Topics: WWII, newsreel, V-E Day, World War II, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Jodl, Wehrmacht, Berlin,...
This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the... Topics: Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Galloping Gertie, Operation Catapult, Newsreel, suspension bridge, French...
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird. Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
This is a fascinating silent 16mm movie newsreel of the San Francisco World's Fair -- known as The Golden Gate International Exposition. It was held at San Francisco's Treasure Island, and was a World's Fair celebrating, among other things, the city's two newly built bridges. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The exposition opened from February 18, 1939, through October 29, 1939, and from May 25, 1940, through September 29, 1940.The... Topics: San Francisco, World's Fair, Golden Gate Exposition, Yerba Buena Island, 1939, 1940, newsreel
This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault.... Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats. Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)